Will Fisher to his mother
Soldiers Retreat, Washington, D.C.
September 24, 1862

(Red and blue illustration of General McClellan printed on stationary)

Dear Mother,

Being here idle I thought I would write a letter.
It is about 9 o’clock, Monday AM. We came from Baltimore last night starting about 9 & getting in here at 2 this AM. I am just about gone up, very tired. We started from Jersey City at eleven that night that I wrote.
I found John at the depot, he is well.
We had to lorry through Philadelphia to connect with the other train. We got to Baltimore at 8 the next morning & stayed there all day (that was Sabbath). This morning, after breakfast, we went up to Capitol Hill but found the regt. had left. I don’t know where they have gone. We will be sent to the regt. this PM. I expect they are down at Alexandria.
I am very tired or I would write more. I may write some more before I mail it.

Yours in Washington, D.C.,
W. G. Fisher

I would not write with pencil if I had ink.
W. G. Fisher